Tribeca’s 2018 Through Her Lens Program Kicks Off on Political Note

There was perhaps no more fitting kickoff to 2018’s Through Her Lens: The Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program than executive chair Jane Rosenthal‘s blunt greeting: “Hello to all you impolite, arrogant women!” Despite the el…

There was perhaps no more fitting kickoff to 2018’s Through Her Lens: The Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program than executive chair Jane Rosenthal‘s blunt greeting: “Hello to all you impolite, arrogant women!” Despite the elegant trappings of New York City’s Locanda Verde restaurant and a co-sponsorship with Chanel, the assembled group of women filmmakers, writers, […]

Robert De Niro Slams Trump As ‘Lowlife-in-Chief’ & Praises Press As ‘Saviors’ – Tribeca Film Festival

Typically Tribeca Film Festival press luncheons preview their annual lineup, with a reminder of the event’s social and economic impact to downtown New York in the years post-9/11. However, Tribeca co-boss and two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro kicked off this year’s 17th annual event at Thalassa Restaurant by jabbing at his favorite punching bag: President Donald Trump.
“Look at all the Fake News writers here today,” joked Robert De Niro to several laughs.
“The country…

Typically Tribeca Film Festival press luncheons preview their annual lineup, with a reminder of the event’s social and economic impact to downtown New York in the years post-9/11. However, Tribeca co-boss and two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro kicked off this year’s 17th annual event at Thalassa Restaurant by jabbing at his favorite punching bag: President Donald Trump. “Look at all the Fake News writers here today,” joked Robert De Niro to several laughs. “The country…

Tribeca, AT&T Award $1 Million at Rising Filmmakers Program for Minorities

For the second consecutive year, AT&T in partnership with the Tribeca Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Institute have awarded an aspiring filmmaker $1 million to turn their dream project into a movie. Director-writer Sasie Sealy and co-writer Angela Cheng garnered the cash prize on Tuesday for their project called “Lucky Grandma,” about an ornery, […]

For the second consecutive year, AT&T in partnership with the Tribeca Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Institute have awarded an aspiring filmmaker $1 million to turn their dream project into a movie. Director-writer Sasie Sealy and co-writer Angela Cheng garnered the cash prize on Tuesday for their project called “Lucky Grandma,” about an ornery, […]

John Oliver Expresses Regret Over “Failed” Dustin Hoffman Confrontation

In an interview on UK talk show The Russell Howard Hour, John Oliver expressed regret over the outcome of his “failed” confrontation with Dustin Hoffman during a Wag the Dog Q&A session in New York earlier this month.
“It didn’t really go anywhere constructive, so the whole thing made me feel sad,” Oliver said. When Howard, whose show airs on Sky One, said it was better for Oliver to have brought up allegations of sexual harassment against Hoffman than avoiding the…

In an interview on UK talk show The Russell Howard Hour, John Oliver expressed regret over the outcome of his “failed” confrontation with Dustin Hoffman during a Wag the Dog Q&A session in New York earlier this month. “It didn’t really go anywhere constructive, so the whole thing made me feel sad,” Oliver said. When Howard, whose show airs on Sky One, said it was better for Oliver to have brought up allegations of sexual harassment against Hoffman than avoiding the…

Dustin Hoffman Spars With John Oliver Over Harassment Claims: “You’ve Put Me On Display Here”

In a striking and raw demonstration of the angst that has accumulated over Hollywood’s sexual harassment scandals, HBO host John Oliver sparred with Dustin Hoffman during an awkward 45-minute Q&A intended as a prologue to a 20th-anniversary screening of the film Wag the Dog.
Tonight’s event at the 92nd Street Y, a benefit for the Tribeca Film Institute, featured Hoffman, Robert De Niro, producer Jane Rosenthal and director Barry Levinson in an onstage discussion. About…

In a striking and raw demonstration of the angst that has accumulated over Hollywood’s sexual harassment scandals, HBO host John Oliver sparred with Dustin Hoffman during an awkward 45-minute Q&A intended as a prologue to a 20th-anniversary screening of the film Wag the Dog. Tonight’s event at the 92nd Street Y, a benefit for the Tribeca Film Institute, featured Hoffman, Robert De Niro, producer Jane Rosenthal and director Barry Levinson in an onstage discussion. About…

Elizabeth Olsen, Jane Rosenthal Demand Justice for Sexual Assault Victims at Chanel Tribeca Lunch

“So I don’t know about all of you, but I’m having a Howard Beale moment,” said Tribeca Enterprises’ Jane Rosenthal to the women in film who gathered at Locanda Verde on Tuesday for the third annual Tribeca Chanel Through Her Lens Women’s Filmmaker Program lunch. “Like the character Peter Finch plays in ‘Network,’ I’m mad […]

“So I don’t know about all of you, but I’m having a Howard Beale moment,” said Tribeca Enterprises’ Jane Rosenthal to the women in film who gathered at Locanda Verde on Tuesday for the third annual Tribeca Chanel Through Her Lens Women’s Filmmaker Program lunch. “Like the character Peter Finch plays in ‘Network,’ I’m mad […]

Tribeca Film Festival Co-Founder Jane Rosenthal Asks Industry Women to ‘Commit to Mentoring the Next Generation’

As the industry grapples with ongoing claims of sexual harassment and abuse, the veteran producer and executive offers words of wisdom and hope.

Jane Rosenthal is mad as hell, but she’s got an idea for how to turn that anger into action. After weeks of allegations of sexual harassment and abuse against various bigwigs in the entertainment industry, many of them waged by actresses and female filmmakers, the producer has cooked up a plan to help change the industry and the world. No surprise, it asks for talented and rising women to help each other in a male-dominated business, all for the better.

Rosenthal, who co-founded the Tribeca Film Festival with Robert DeNiro and currently serves Chief Executive Officer of Tribeca Enterprises, today opened up this year’s kickoff lunch for the third annual Through Her Lens: Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program, with some pointed remarks. As she put it, “I’m having a Howard Beale moment. Like the character Peter Finch played in ‘Network,’ I’m mad as hell,” later adding, “I want you to get mad! I’m mad.”

Now in its third year, The Through Her Lens: The Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program brings together industry support, artistic development, and funding to assist and help new and emerging U.S.-based female writers and directors of short-form narrative films through an annual three-day intensive. This year’s filmmakers include Marianne Amelinckx, Nicole Emanuele, Myna Joseph, Nikyatu Jusu, and Anna Zlokovic; mentors include Amma Asante, Dakota Fanning, Donna Gigliotti, Laura Karpman, Riva Marker, and Sandy Powell.

As is tradition, each year the program opens with a lunch that brings together the filmmakers, alongside mentors, jurors, and other women in the filmmaking industry. Last year’s event bowed just days before the presidential election, and Rosenthal was quick to point out how very different the world was just a year ago.

“A year ago, we sat in this room, filled with optimism because our country was about to elect a strong woman to be our president,” she said. “The deal was sealed a few days earlier when her opposing candidate was all over the airwaves bragging about committing sexual assault. And, guess what, he’s not in jail, he’s in the White House – that is, when he’s not playing on one of his golf courses.”

Rosenthal continued, naming other “powerful predators,” including Clarence Thomas, Bill O’Reilly, Bill Cosby, Roger Ailes, Anthony Weiner, and, of course, Harvey Weinstein. As she put it, “These monsters…aren’t going to change their world through conversation. We have to change the world around them.”

Rosenthal, it seems, has a plan — or at least an idea for a way forward. “Women must come forward,” she said. “We must encourage and support each other. We must understand that an assault on one of us is an assault on all of us. We must demand justice.”

This year’s Tribeca Film Festival included a high number of films directed by women — a full one-third — and the Tribeca Film Institute has so far supported 55 projects by women this year, but even Rosenthal does not think that is enough.

“We must do better,” she said. “When you hit success, when you take another step forward it’s not enough, make sure you pull another woman up with you. Women producers, select women directors. Women directors, hire more women designers and crew. Produce and direct the work of women writers. Women in power, commit to mentoring the next generation of women in power.”

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Tribeca Enterprises CEO Andrew Essex to Step Down

Tribeca Enterprises CEO Andrew Essex is stepping down after less than two years on the job. Co-founder Jane Rosenthal will become the interim CEO. Rosenthal will also continue as executive chair. Essex will be transitioning to an advisory role by the end of the year. She made the announcement about the changes to the Tribeca […]

Tribeca Enterprises CEO Andrew Essex is stepping down after less than two years on the job. Co-founder Jane Rosenthal will become the interim CEO. Rosenthal will also continue as executive chair. Essex will be transitioning to an advisory role by the end of the year. She made the announcement about the changes to the Tribeca […]

Andrew Essex Steps Down As CEO Of Tribeca Enterprises

Andrew Essex is leaving his role as CEO of Tribeca Enterprises after just 18 months and will be transitioning into an advisory role through the end of the year. Tribeca Executive Chair and co-founder Jane Rosenthal is set to step in as interim CEO.
The news was sent out to the Tribeca team today via memo from Rosenthal (posted below in full). It lauded Essex’s work with Rosenthal and the team charged with overseeing the business side of our operations. “Partnerships have…

Andrew Essex is leaving his role as CEO of Tribeca Enterprises after just 18 months and will be transitioning into an advisory role through the end of the year. Tribeca Executive Chair and co-founder Jane Rosenthal is set to step in as interim CEO. The news was sent out to the Tribeca team today via memo from Rosenthal (posted below in full). It lauded Essex’s work with Rosenthal and the team charged with overseeing the business side of our operations. “Partnerships have…

Andrew Essex Out as Tribeca Enterprises CEO

Andrew Essex is stepping down as CEO of Tribeca Enterprises effective immediately, the company announced in an internal memo on Tuesday.

Essex, who joined the company in January 2016, will transition into an advisory role at Tribeca, with Jane Rosenthal assuming the position of interim CEO.

Rosenthal will continue to oversee the creative areas and programming of Tribeca with Paula Weinstein.

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Essex’s departure ends an 18-month tenure with Tribeca, during which the company launched its inaugural Tribeca TV Festival last month.

The festival drew such talent as Trevor Noah, Oprah Winfrey, and the cast of “Will & Grace.”

“Andrew has brought a new perspective, diligence and organizational expertise to the vompany,” Rosenthal said in a statement. “I am grateful for his dedication to Tribeca and for the dedication of our strong partnership and business teams, which have played an integral part in the success of Tribeca over the years.”

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“After two years of working with an amazingly talented team to help transform Tribeca Enterprises, I believe we have accomplished what we set out to do: the festival is thriving, partnerships have grown exponentially (with some of the biggest brands on earth joining us) and our award-winning content business is booming,” Essex said in a statement.

“Given all this success, I have decided that the time has come to relinquish my day-to-day responsibilities but will remain an adviser and friend to this prestigious cultural landmark,” he added.

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Andrew Essex is stepping down as CEO of Tribeca Enterprises effective immediately, the company announced in an internal memo on Tuesday.

Essex, who joined the company in January 2016, will transition into an advisory role at Tribeca, with Jane Rosenthal assuming the position of interim CEO.

Rosenthal will continue to oversee the creative areas and programming of Tribeca with Paula Weinstein.

Essex’s departure ends an 18-month tenure with Tribeca, during which the company launched its inaugural Tribeca TV Festival last month.

The festival drew such talent as Trevor Noah, Oprah Winfrey, and the cast of “Will & Grace.”

“Andrew has brought a new perspective, diligence and organizational expertise to the vompany,” Rosenthal said in a statement. “I am grateful for his dedication to Tribeca and for the dedication of our strong partnership and business teams, which have played an integral part in the success of Tribeca over the years.”

“After two years of working with an amazingly talented team to help transform Tribeca Enterprises, I believe we have accomplished what we set out to do: the festival is thriving, partnerships have grown exponentially (with some of the biggest brands on earth joining us) and our award-winning content business is booming,” Essex said in a statement.

“Given all this success, I have decided that the time has come to relinquish my day-to-day responsibilities but will remain an adviser and friend to this prestigious cultural landmark,” he added.

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Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal & Paula Weinstein Open 16th Tribeca Film Fest

The Tribeca troika of festival founders Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Paula Weinstein took brief turns at the podium during a lunch for journalists in town to cover the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. Created in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center towers, the festival has grown in size and scope, adding television, music, live performance, VR and gaming to its programming over the years.
Retrospectives also are part of the festival’s…

The Tribeca troika of festival founders Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Paula Weinstein took brief turns at the podium during a lunch for journalists in town to cover the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. Created in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center towers, the festival has grown in size and scope, adding television, music, live performance, VR and gaming to its programming over the years. Retrospectives also are part of the festival’s…

Tribeca Film Festival Kicks Off With Storytelling for Every Size Screen

As feature filmmaking continues to compete for resources, talent and audiences with television, digital storytelling, video games and virtual reality, film festivals face a growing dilemma. How do you embrace the increasingly diversified field of filmed storytelling, without losing your identity? For the Tribeca Film Festival, which returns to Manhattan for the 16th year this… Read more »

As feature filmmaking continues to compete for resources, talent and audiences with television, digital storytelling, video games and virtual reality, film festivals face a growing dilemma. How do you embrace the increasingly diversified field of filmed storytelling, without losing your identity? For the Tribeca Film Festival, which returns to Manhattan for the 16th year this... Read more »

Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal Talk Tribeca, VOD and Festivals in the Age of Trump

The Tribeca Film Festival kicks off April 19 in a landscape that’s greatly changed for the film industry over the festival’s 16-year lifespan. With debates raging about exhibition and VOD, and tech developments and new media changing the way creatives tell stories, the 2017 edition of Tribeca encompasses movies, TV, VR and a games festival, among… Read more »

The Tribeca Film Festival kicks off April 19 in a landscape that’s greatly changed for the film industry over the festival’s 16-year lifespan. With debates raging about exhibition and VOD, and tech developments and new media changing the way creatives tell stories, the 2017 edition of Tribeca encompasses movies, TV, VR and a games festival, among... Read more »

New Leadership Steps Up at Tribeca Film Institute

Tribeca Film Institute, the nonprofit arm of the company that also operates the Tribeca Film Festival, has promoted staffer Amy Hobby to become the organization’s new executive director, with former staffer David Earls returning to serve as managing director. Hobby, a producer of films including “What Happened, Miss Simone?” and “Secretary,” will take the reins of… Read more »

Tribeca Film Institute, the nonprofit arm of the company that also operates the Tribeca Film Festival, has promoted staffer Amy Hobby to become the organization’s new executive director, with former staffer David Earls returning to serve as managing director. Hobby, a producer of films including “What Happened, Miss Simone?” and “Secretary,” will take the reins of... Read more »

Nasty Women Unite: Tribeca and Chanel Bring Together Female Filmmakers Against Donald Trump

At an annual luncheon celebrating the next wave of female filmmakers, one man was on everyone’s mind.

No one said the name “Donald Trump” at the annual Through Her Lens: The Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program kickoff luncheon, held this afternoon at New York City’s Locanda Verde restaurant. But they didn’t need to. As Jane Rosenthal, the Executive Chair of Tribeca Enterprises (and co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival) greeted the crowd with an enthusiastic cry for her fellow “nasty ladies!” to welcome each other, it was clear that the group, composed of leading female actresses, directors, writers, producers, casting directors and costume designers, was already on the same page.

Now in its second year, the Through Her Lens program is a three-day workshop that “aims to balance industry support, artistic development and funding for new and emerging U.S.-based female writers and directors of short-form narrative films.” This year’s group consists of five filmmakers, who will each pitch their project to a group of industry peers in hopes of being awarded full financing to make their short (the four other projects will each receive other grants to help aid in the creation of their films). The luncheon is traditionally held on the first day of the program, and offers up a chance for the filmmakers and other friends of Tribeca to mix and mingle.

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Guests this year included all five filmmakers — Ani Simon-Kennedy, Catherine Eaton, A.V. Rockwell, Joey Ally and Sonejuhi Sinha — along with mentors, advisors and supporters like Katie Holmes, Sienna Miller, Jennifer Westfeldt, Rashida Jones, Zosia Mamet, Emily Mortimer, Ruth Wilson, Mary Stuart Masterson and Mamie Gummer. And it came as no surprise that everyone wanted to talk about the upcoming — and historical — election.

As Rosenthal unveiled some brief opening remarks, her focus was clear. “In two weeks from today, I hope that we will break the biggest glass ceiling we’ve ever had,” she said. Greeted with a very loud response from the packed room, Rosenthal laughed, “So, obviously, you all know what I’m talking about.”

It was with that same boundary-busting spirit that Rosenthal highlighted the intent of the program, which nodded to something said by Ingrid Jungermann, whose horror-comedy “Women Who Kill” debuted at the film festival earlier this year. When discussing being a woman in the industry and the growing uptick — or at least interest — in female-led filmmaking, Jungermann called the change in attitude “hashtag diversity,” and it’s a concept that has stuck with Rosenthal.

“‘Hashtag diversity,’ ‘women filmmaking,’ it’s new to a lot of people. That’s why they’re putting ‘hashtag’ [on it]. At Tribeca, it’s in our DNA,” Rosenthal said. “We’re thrilled that this project can actually really mentor women storytellers, no matter what part of the story you want to tell and how you want to tell it.”

For Tribeca, talking the talk is not nearly as important as walking the walk, something they’ve done for many years. And their support of women couldn’t come at a more canny time. Rosenthal was followed by Paula Weinstein, her long-time mentor and the Executive Vice President Tribeca Enterprises, who also had Trump on the brain.

“I’m so happy to see you all here,” Weinstein said to the crowd. “And particularly happy in view of the vulgarity and the language that has been presented to us through this campaign, on one side.”

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But Weinstein found one silver lining.

“The more we think about it, in a way we’re glad that all the hidden words are gone and the true feelings are out,” she said to an increasingly raucous crowd. “We always knew what we were fighting, but now there’s a larger group, women of all different parties and political convictions, who are coming together in understanding that the patriarchy [won’t die easily], but it will.”

She was also hopeful about the larger role that women and their vote will play in the presidential election, noting, “Women have, over the last few years, made the difference in elections — but never quite as we will this time.”

In closing her brief remarks, which leaned heavily on lauding the next generation of filmmakers in the room, Weinstein maintained her singular focus on the future, one that was met with the loudest applause of the afternoon: “Onward to victory in two weeks from now.”

The three-day Through Her Lens program is taking place now in New York City, and concludes on Thursday with the announcement of the winner of the program’s full-finance grant.

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Election All the Talk at Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Luncheon

“Hello all you nasty women,” Tribeca Productions co-founder Jane Rosenthal exclaimed at the Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program luncheon, which took place at Locanda Verde in New York City on Tuesday. The nearly all-female crowd, which included Katie Holmes, Mamie Gummer, Emily Mortimer, Sienna Miller and Zosia Mamet, roared their approval to the Hillary Clinton reference. And with election night… Read more »

“Hello all you nasty women,” Tribeca Productions co-founder Jane Rosenthal exclaimed at the Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program luncheon, which took place at Locanda Verde in New York City on Tuesday. The nearly all-female crowd, which included Katie Holmes, Mamie Gummer, Emily Mortimer, Sienna Miller and Zosia Mamet, roared their approval to the Hillary Clinton reference. And with election night... Read more »